As I re-open my work computer tomorrow morning, my summer ends. The air has already had a cool autumnal feel to it for a while, so it’s no big shock.
The clouds look like waves in the sea and I turn my mind back to a warmer day three weeks ago. I visited the Kumpula Botanical Garden in Helsinki for some zen, and found it – right where I thought it would be.
I was thinking of work today for a brief moment, though I try not to during my annual leave. But one of my 3-year-olds prompted it. He sounded like he was selling something to me, and ended his pitch with, “Would that be alright for you?”
It reminded me of a sales training at work where they were saying you had to close deals with an affirmative ending. Luckily, the only selling I have to do at work is copywriting, which I quite like doing.
My 3-year-old is better at face-to-face sales pitches than me.
This garden was quite compact but very cute, just like I remembered it from last year, when we visited on Mother’s Day. They were promoting free entry for moms but then we got a parking ticket from the parking lot outside, which is exactly the kind of irony I appreciate.
No hard feelings, though. This time I took the tram.
I sat on a bench looking, for the longest time, at the view in the photo below. If only that was my very own garden!
But wait, let’s back up to the photo above, with the Japan sign. Do you see the face on the tree?
With our lives turned upside-down by the Virus, nature doesn’t seem to mind. It keeps on going, Covid or no Covid.
Except, of course, if Covid makes us forget about climate change entirely. I wonder what Greta’s been up to lately.
All this simple beauty makes me feel relaxed. Living in an apartment building, such moments are luxury.
If this was my garden, I wouldn’t mind a house this color. I quite like the plants it was paired with, too. Peach and green: so good together.
(I might change the bench, though.)
Time for me to stop daydreaming and go to bed. My alarm clock will ring sooner than I think.
All the photos in this post are from the enchanting Kumpula Botanical Garden in Helsinki.